Saturday, 19 April 2014


Easter weekend and we're out in the garden.  Iain brought the table out (i.e. 2 saw horses with a board for the table top).  The flowers are out, the grass is cut and the sky is blue ... who could ask for more?

Harriet and I hang out together while mum tackles the post-holiday washing and tidying up.

Inger paid a visit this afternoon - wonderful! Harriet and I had to examine bottle, or, in my case, the contents thereof!

Thursday, 17 April 2014


The city is buzzing today.  Is it because it is approaching the Easter weekend and, indeed, the summer tourist season? Or is because the city is preparing to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games this July? The grass is being cut, shrubs planted along the expressway, shops and services putting on the spit and polish.

This statue in the Buchanan Street Bus Station is a meeting point for folk.  Today there seemed to be a stream of back-packers arriving, groups of foreign visitors clutching little booklets and ma, pa and all the wains heading off in all directions.

This fellow on Buchanan Street stands in mid-air.  He is painted bronze and is a 'robot' i.e. only moves briefly, stiffly when he sees an unsuspecting passer-by who could be startled by his sudden change of position.  (This happened to me much to the mirth of the gathered crowd.  I jumped a mile when the 'statue' moved - great hilarity all round!)

The cafes, bars and restaurants are gearing up with refurbishments finishing and signs getting put out on the street. Brown's Restaurant on the south side of George Square (near Queen Street train station in the city centre) is definitely worth visiting.

Scottish Ballet is now on for its spring season.  The pub across the road from (currently) the King's Theatre, does a roaring business; this is the sign to their doorway! They will be back in Theatre Royal once the refurbishment is complete.  I was in today to get tickets for Maggie and I for next Tuesday.

Mellis's cheese shop on Great Western Road is a favourite shop and wee Harriet thinks so too!

Tiles on the Hillhead Underground upper floor - so imaginative and such an improvement on its former interior finishing!

 Stain glass in a stairwell window in the EISIS building on Elmbank Street, home of Scottish Opera.

The same Let Glasgow Flourish motto as seen in display in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in its 'How Glasgow Flourished 1714 - 1837' exhibition which opened today and runs until the end of the summer.

Mitchell Library entrance

Entrance to a building on St Vincent Street around the corner from Queen Street Station. That is Mairi in the purple top.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A joke that Tudor would have loved!

Ellen and her husband  Bob went for counseling after 25 years of  marriage.

When asked what  the problem was, Ellen went into a  passionate, painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 25 years they had been married.

She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of  time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking Ellen to stand, embraced her, unbuttoned her blouse and bra, put his hands on her breasts and massaged them thoroughly, while kissing her passionately as her husband Bob watched with a raised eyebrow!

Ellen shut up, buttoned up her blouse, and quietly sat down while basking in the glow of being highly aroused.  The therapist turned to Bob and said, "This is what your wife  needs at least three times a week.  Can you do this?"

Bob thought for a moment and replied, "Well, I  can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I play  golf."

Golf swing animation image: Wikimedia. Author: Persian Poet Gal

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Does a name make a difference?  Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

Yes.  I wish to put a case that it does make a difference. Here is an example:

This logo above belongs to a website that registers domain names.  One has to pay and in doing so one gets an email address that can be used on the internet. (Oops ... that's a tautology: where else would one use an email address....?)

Anyhow I have been on a very steep learning curve this past week: my email stopped working.  It turns out that my payment for its use had expired.  Fair 'nuff. However I did not pick up this fact until many, many hours of trying to figure out the problem.  The good news is that I learned a lot about computers in the process; the bad news is that it took me ages to get to the bottom of the problem.  (I am of the School of Thought: 'I am going to sit here til I figure it out'.)

What happened was that this domain registration company based in the States had sent me an email about the expiration date but it had gone into my Junk Mailbox (not unreasonably with a name like that!) Secondly I did not recognize the name at all so even then did not act, and thirdly, once I did act the bank fraud people were on to me about my payment.  Again, quite understandably.

I am now sorted (with the help of Alastair).  I rest my case.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


I bought this amarylis in the Milngavie Farmer's Market about 6 weeks ago and it now has 8 flowers with 2 buds hidden in the middle. Amazing!

Catching the sunlight this afternoon.

Harriet's away visiting the other grandparents so I use her high chair for floral display at the kitchen door!

The Canada Goose wind sock is still going strong ... especially today which was lovely but very windy!

Monday, 7 April 2014


A Scotsman phones a dentist to enquire about the cost for a tooth extraction.......... 

"85 pounds for an extraction, sir" the dentist replied.

"85 quid! Huv ye no'got anythin' cheaper?"

"That's the normal charge," said the dentist.

"Whit aboot if ye didnae use any anaesthetic?"

"That's unusual, sir, but I could do it and would knock 15 pounds off."

"Whit aboot if ye used one of your dentist trainees and still without any anaesthetic?"

"I can't guarantee their professionalism and it'll be painful. But the price could drop by 20 pounds."

"How aboot if ye make it a trainin' session, ave yer student do the extraction with the other students watchin' and learnin'?"

"It'll be good for the students", mulled the dentist. "I'll charge you 5 pounds but it will be traumatic."

"Och, now yer talkin' laddie! It's a deal," said the Scotsman. "Can ye confirm an appointment for the wife next Tuesday then?"

Sunday, 6 April 2014


IESIS (Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland) and Scottish Opera share one thing in common: a building in the city centre of Glasgow.  This large Victorian building was formerly built for the Institution but nowadays is the home of Scottish Opera who use its large and varied rooms for rehearsals and administration.

In a large hall upstairs there is a fine stained glass window which is in need of some conservation work.  Its centrepiece features the Lusitania, a Clyde built ship whose life tragically ended when she was torpedoed off the south coast of Ireland in 1916 with the loss of many passengers.

A fund-raising afternoon tea was held on Saturday where guests enjoyed 2 short talks about shipbuilding and the Lusitania in particular. While the assemble groups of engineers and interested parties (historians, writers) were riveted (sorry about the pun...) by the slides of great ships on the Clyde, the group were no less riveted in their seats by the quite awesome featured guest offered up by Scottish Opera .... this gal below:

This young lassie is Shuna Scott Sendall and is a soprano, originally from Ayrshire. And Wow!  What a voice!  She gave us a recital of some of her opera favourites followed by Gershwin and the Erisday Love Lilt, a favourite Gaelic air of both Iain and I and of the assembled group.  She was accompanied by Derek Clark, Head of Music for Scottish Opera - and yes, he was quite wonderful too!  Everyone left the hall at the end of the afternoon quite uplifted!

There's masses of material on the internet about here and her website is here.    In a review on her website Robert Thicknesse described her voice as “a great big sock of a voice but uses it subtly and brilliantly....”  Exactly!